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• Mel Simon, one of the nation’s foremost shopping center developers and the man who helped create the Mall of America, died yesterday at age 82.

• Mary Travers, of Peter, Paul & Mary fame, died yesterday at age 72 after a long battle with leukemia.

• Henry Gibson, who perhaps was best known for his offbeat poetry readings on “Laugh-In,” but who also was a character actor of note with performances in movies such as “The Long Goodbye, “Nashville,” “The Wedding Crashers” and the “Boston Legal” TV series, died yesterday at age 73 after a bout with cancer.
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Two quick notes here…

Mrs. Content Guy is an enormous Peter, Paul & Mary fan, and over the years we’ve attended a number of their concerts. Not only were their voices unique and synchronous when singing such songs as ‘Puff The Magic Dragon,” ‘Leaving On A Jet Plane,” “If I Had A Hammer,” and ‘Blowing In The Wind,” but much of their power and impact came from the fact that long after the sixties were over, they continued to believe.

As I’ve said here before, I believe that the world is split into two camps – people who believe that the sixties and early seventies were a good and ultimately positive time, and those who feel that it was a horrible period for America. Peter, Paul and Mary were part of the former…and I have to admit that I agree with them. And even in these dissonant times, we still have their music…

As for Mel Simon, I would only point out that he made a brief foray into the movie business. His most successful movie was “Porky’s,” but he also produced an awful little movie called ‘Somebody Killed Her Husband,” which starred Jeff Bridges and Farrah Fawcett…and that’s the film on which I got to work as Farrah’s bodyguard.

Go figure.